Frogs in the Pros: Carpenter Makes Emotional Return To St. Louis

Frogs in the Pros: Carpenter Makes Emotional Return To St. Louis

Published August 7, 2022
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You can always return home. It’s a lesson Matt Carpenter is learning this weekend. Carpenter is now the DH for the New York Yankees, and the Yankees are playing a three-game series this weekend against Carpenter’s former team, the St. Louis Cardinals. It’s Carp’s first time back to St. Louis since leaving the team after the 2021 season and 11 years wearing the Bird on the Bat.

Batting third in the lineup, Carpenter didn’t take long on Friday night to make his first appearance at the plate. The fans greeted Carpenter with a nearly 45-second standing ovation. He then singled on a 3-2 count, which moved a runner from first to third. It was the first of two hits on Friday night for Carpenter.

Carpenter met with members of the media on Friday before the game. He was asked about his family’s reaction to returning to the place they called home, and on two occasions, he got choked up with emotions.

“Just stepping off the plane [Thursday] night and being back in St. Louis, that started it all for me,” he said Friday during the press conference. “My family will be here, and I haven’t seen many of the [Cardinals players] yet, but that will make it hard, for sure. A lot of special memories.